Luxury Dining At Churchill Downs: Matt Winn’s Steakhouse

November 2, 2020
Tableside Seafood Service, Matt Winn's Steakhouse, Churchill Downs, Louisville KY

Hey, y’all! I’m excited to be sharing about a truly exemplary dining experience that I had here in my home of Louisville, Kentucky. In true Louisville fashion – as one of the best foodie cities in the United States – the dinner was one of delicious sips, decadent bites, and an unparalleled dining atmosphere. Where am I talking about? Matt Winn’s Steakhouse, the new restaurant located at Churchill Downs. One of my favorite places in the state just got a lot more delicious, y’all.

About Matt Winn’s Steakhouse

The newest fine dining experience in the city, Matt Winn’s is truly something special. It’s located on the sixth floor of Millionaire’s Row with a perfect view of the track. Does it get more Kentucky than that?

Matt Winn's Steakhouse, Churchill Downs, Louisville KY - Sixth Floor of Millionaire's Row

What can you expect at Matt Winn’s? One of the rarest bourbon collections that you’ve ever seen. High-quality, prime steaks. Shareable charcuterie that is sliced-to-order. Fresh seafood selections (daily). Old school french onion soup. Lobster bisque. A mouthwatering wedge salad. The classics, y’all, which are my favorites.

Luxury Dining At Churchill Downs

Apart from delicious food, expect the following: white tablecloths, stunning decor, top-notch service, and an atmosphere that is reminiscent of great southern tradition.

Luxury Dining at Churchill Downs

Who is Matt Winn?

Matt Winn is a Churchill Downs legend, as he attended every single Kentucky Derby for 75 years (goals). His first Derby was the first Derby. Yes, that one.

Over those 75 years he served as a pioneer and innovator of horse racing at the iconic Churchill Downs Racetrack, changing the landscape of the Kentucky Derby forever.

Matt Winn's Steakhouse, Churchill Downs, Louisville KY

Matt Winn’s Steakhouse is named in his honor, celebrating a bygone era, from the grand traditions to the infallible fashion, all while celebrating what’s to come.

Cocktails at Matt Winn’s Steakhouse

Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon, Matt Winn's Steakhouse, Churchill Downs, Louisville KY

I kicked off the evening with a classic: a mint julep. If you’re at Churchill Downs, there’s no other option, y’all. The presentation of the julep at Matt Winn’s was the best that I have seen. And the ice? It was perfect.

Mint Julep, Matt Winn's Steakhouse, Churchill Downs, Louisville KY

As the Clovers said: “One mint julep was the cause of it all…”

There’s a cocktail for every denomination and I know that y’all will be pleased with the expertly-curated spirits menu.

French 75

Dinner at Matt Winn’s Steakhouse

The dinner started with the Kung Pao Calamari, which was top-rate and arguably the best that I’ve had in the city. It features a sorghum chile crisp, peanut, celery, and lime.

Calamari, Matt Winn's Steakhouse, Churchill Downs, Louisville KY

Second was a delicious tuna topped with a fried avocado. I loved it!

Matt Winn's Steakhouse, Churchill Downs, Louisville, KY

Next came the Jumbo Lump Crab Cake, a favorite of mine. Crab-forward, it is finished with a spring onion remoulade, topped with a quail Egg, and a roasted garlic relish. Divine.

Crab Cake, Matt Winn's Steakhouse, Churchill Downs, Louisville, KY

The main entree? Debra and I shared the Winner’s Circle Grand Plateau, which is the largest offering from the raw bar. Complete with east and west coast oysters, colossal shrimp, Maine lobster tail, and Alaskan king crab — it’s all of my favorite things on one plate. The seafood is served fresh and tableside, which was a nice touch, as well.

To accompany the raw bar, you are served the following accoutrements: Old Bay mignonette, bloody mary cocktail sauce, horseradish, and lemon.

Raw Bar, Matt Winn's Steakhouse, Churchill Downs, Louisville KY

I’m drooling at the mere memory of the seafood, y’all.

Raw Bar, Matt Winn's Steakhouse, Churchill Downs, Louisville KY

Dessert, much like the seafood, is served tableside on a dessert cart. Very old-school and I was immediately in love.

Dessert Cart, Matt Winn's Steakhouse, Churchill Downs, Louisville KY

While high-end dining sets itself apart via quality, it’s the small details like this that make an experience memorable for me. All desserts are served a la carte: I chose the key lime bonbon, strawberry champagne bonbon, and an almond cookie that was simply divine.

Macarons, Matt Winn's Steakhouse, Churchill Downs, Louisville, KY

Oh, and one more thing: you’ll end your night with a Kentucky Bourbon Ball!

Bourbon Ball

If you can’t tell from my words and photographs, hear me now: Matt Winn’s Steakhouse is the new hotspot in Louisville, Kentucky. It’s going to be a tried and true classic, I’m certain of it. Be sure to make a reservation & tell them that I sent ya!

Matt Winn’s is located on the sixth floor of Millionaires Row at Churchill Downs: 750 Central Ave, Louisville, KY 40208.

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JC

Thank you, Matt Winn’s + Churchill Downs, for working with me on today’s post.

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Mint Julep, Matt Winn's Steakhouse, Churchill Downs, Louisville KY

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